Houston Press Conference: 70 National Service Participants From Across the Country to Serve at Houston Anti-Hunger Programs

01.11.2017

***Media Advisory***

70 National Service Participants From

Across the Country to Serve at

Houston Anti-Hunger Programs

One Out of Six Texans Live in Hunger,
Houston one of Hungriest Cities in the Nation

What: Tomorrow, 70 national service participants from across the country will be gathered in Houston for 4 volunteer activities across the city.  All of the volunteers will gather at the kick-off event at Target Hunger Community Garden, where CEO of Hunger Free America, Joel Berg, and leaders from the garden will speak.  Roughly half of the volunteers will stay to work in the garden, while others will leave to volunteer at two different libraries to talk to kids about summer meals and school breakfast sites.  Other volunteers will serve at the local Houston Food Bank.  The community garden is currently the only site accepting press.

Who:

Joel Berg, CEO, Hunger Free America (formerly the New York City Coalition Against Hunger)

Leaders from Target Hunger Community Garden

70 AHOC Vistas from 58 organizations in 35 states

When: Wednesday, January 11th, 1:00-1:30 PM

Where: 4604 cavalcade street Houston Texas

Why: Roughly 9,809,000 Texans currently live in hunger according to the USDA Food Insecurity Data.  Further, approximately 1.5 million Texas adults lived in food insecure households with at least one person employed in the years 2013 to 2015. In other words, 1.5 million Texas residents worked but still struggled against hunger, according to a new report by Hunger Free America.  With so many people in Texas struggling with hunger, and working to overcome it, these local anti-hunger programs are crucial for Houstonians to make ends meet.  Our 70 Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps AmeriCorps VISTA members are working to help not only serve in these programs, but also to bring national attention to the hunger issues facing so many Americans across the country.

Media planning to attend should RSVP to:

MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org

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